Christopher R. Houk of the Houk Law Firm PLLC was involved in the Ninth Circuit case of Johnny Mack vs Town of Pinetop. In that case, Johnny Mack was the subject of racial slurs and had a heart attack after a coworker placed a snake in his work vehicle. The Court said four racial slurs could constitute a hostile work environment and placing a snake in the work truck of a fellow co-worker who suffers a heart attack could be liable for causing intentional infliction of emotional distress. The case has been set for trial in January 2020.